Greater Calgary

This article is about the region surrounding and including the City of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. For other uses, see Calgary (disambiguation).
Calgary Region
Metropolitan area

Calgary skyline

Coordinates: 51°N 114°W / 51°N 114°W / 51; -114Coordinates: 51°N 114°W / 51°N 114°W / 51; -114

Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Area (2011)[1]
 • CMA 5,107.55 km2 (1,972.04 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • CMA 1,214,839
 • CMA density 237.9/km2 (616/sq mi)
 • Total 1,278,962
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Area code(s) 403, 587

The Calgary Region is an area centred on Calgary, Alberta, Canada. It consists of the City of Calgary, Rocky View County and the municipalities it encloses, and the Municipal (M.D.) District of Foothills No. 31 and the municipalities it encloses. The Calgary census metropolitan area (CMA) and Calgary Region are different entities. Some municipalities within the region have little or no metropolitan relationship to Calgary in terms of commuting for employment or commerce purposes.

The Calgary Region is a major transportation hub for southern Alberta, Saskatchewan, eastern British Columbia, and parts of the northern United States. It is home to the Calgary International Airport, the third busiest airport in the country in terms of total aircraft movements.[2]

Calgary CMA

The Calgary CMA, as defined by Statistics Canada, includes the following nine municipalities:[3]

In the 2011 Census, the Calgary CMA had a population of 1,214,839 living in 464,001 of its 488,451 total dwellings, a 12.6% change from its 2006 population of 1,079,310, making it the largest CMA in Alberta and the fifth largest in Canada. With a land area of 5,107.55 km2 (1,972.04 sq mi), it had a population density of 237.9 people per square kilometre in 2011.[1]

Also in terms of area, the Calgary CMA makes up approximately 40% of Statistics Canada's Division No. 6 in Alberta.[4][5] The balance of Division No. 6 includes the census consolidated subdivisions of the M.D. of Foothills No. 31 to the south and Mountain View County to the north.[6]

The M.D. of Foothills No. 31 and the municipalities within are often considered as part of Calgary's metropolitan area due to, among other things, the M.D.’s shared boundary with the City of Calgary and the bedroom community nature of towns like Okotoks, High River, Black Diamond and Turner Valley.

Calgary Regional Partnership

Founded in 1999,[7] the Calgary Regional Partnership (CRP) is a cooperative between 15 urban municipalities in the greater Calgary area that deals with regional growth and planning issues.[8] The CRP's motto is Thinking regionally... acting locally...[8]


The CRP's current membership includes two cities (Airdrie and Calgary), 12 towns (Banff, Black Diamond, Canmore, Chestermere, Cochrane, Crossfield, High River, Irricana, Nanton, Okotoks, Strathmore, and Turner Valley), and one townsite (Redwood Meadows).[8] Of these 15 municipalities, four of the 12 towns (Banff, Canmore, Nanton, and Strathmore) are outside, but in proximity to, the Calgary Region's boundaries as defined in this article. Of the remaining eight towns, four of them (Black Diamond, High River, Okotoks, and Turner Valley) are outside of the Calgary CMA boundaries as defined by Statistics Canada.

Past members

Membership in the CRP once consisted of the four municipal districts that surround 14 of the 15 current municipal members. These included the M.D. of Bighorn No. 8, the M.D. of Foothills No. 31, Rocky View County, and Wheatland County. The M.D. of Bighorn No. 8 pulled out of the CRP in March 2009 due to the lack of opportunity for infrastructure connectivity to the balance of the Calgary Region.[9] In June 2009, the latter three opposed the Calgary Metropolitan Plan that was being considered for approval by the CRP's member municipalities.[10][11] All three subsequently withdrew from the CRP in September 2009.[11][12][13]

List of municipalities

The following is a list of municipalities in the Calgary Region. Those municipalities that are within the region and are either part of the Calgary CMA, members of the CRP or both are indicated accordingly. CRP members that are proximate to, yet located outside of, the Calgary Region, such as Banff, Canmore and Strathmore, are not listed as they are located within the neighbouring regions of Alberta's Rockies and southern Alberta.

Municipality Municipal
status [14]
CMA [15]
member [8]
(2011) [16]
(2006) [17]
Airdrie City Y Y 42,564 28,927
Beiseker Village Y 785 804
Black Diamond Town Y 2,373 1,900
Calgary City Y Y 1,096,833 988,193
Chestermere Town Y Y 14,824 9,564
Cochrane Town Y Y 17,580 13,760
Crossfield Town Y Y 2,853 2,648
Eden Valley 216 Indian reserve 587 370
Foothills No. 31, M.D. of Municipal district 21,258 19,736
High River Town Y 12,920 10,716
Irricana Town Y Y 1,162 1,243
Longview Village 307 300
Okotoks Town Y 24,511 17,145
Rocky View County Municipal district Y 36,461 34,171
Tsuu T'ina Nation 145 Indian reserve Y 1,777
Turner Valley Town Y 2,167 1,908
Total Calgary CMA 1,214,839 1,079,310
Total Calgary Region 1,278,962 1,131,385

See also


External links

  • Statistics Canada
  • Official Website of the Calgary Regional Partnership
  • Official Website Calgary Economic Development
  • Rocky View County

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